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As new global mercury treaty enters into force, worldwide mercury production skyrockets, 
notes Global NGO Coalition on World Environmental Health Day

Geneva, 26 September 2017- As 156 countries convened for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention, 
a new UN report shows mercury mining skyrocketing in the last 5 years. Moreover, much of that mercury is used in artisanal and 
small scale gold mining (ASGM), the largest source of global mercury pollution.

Currently, countries do not have reliable information about trade in neighboring countries and within their own region. 
This problem is compounded where borders between countries are “porous,” and a significant portion of trade is informal or illegal. 
For example, mercury may enter a region through legal trade to one country, but then be traded illegally across borders to neighboring countries. 

“Informal trade is difficult to track, and therefore does not appear in the official trade statistics,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, 
Project Manager, Zero Mercury Campaign at the European Environmental Bureau. 
“With timely reporting, Parties can better understand mercury flows in order to better enforce trade restrictions in the Convention.”

“In recent years there have been a number of shocks to the global market, resulting in a doubling of the price of mercury in the last 12 months alone,” 
said Michael Bender, Co-coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group. “In addition, EU and US export bans now in place have resulted 
in a major shift in the main trading hub to Asia.”

“The emergence over the past five years of new small-scale producers of mercury in Mexico and Indonesia has made a difficult situation worse,” 
said Satish Sinha, Associate Director at Toxics Link in India. “Between these two countries alone, around 1000 tonnes are produced annually.”

“The main objective of the Minamata Convention is to protect human health and the environment by, in part, simultaneously 
reducing mercury supply and demand,” said  Rico Euripidou, Environmental Health Campaign Manager at groundWork 
in South Africa. Without adequate reporting on the global movement of mercury it will 
be difficult to monitor the overall effectiveness of the Convention, say NGOs.

“Annual reporting is consistent with the requirements of other environmental conventions such as Basel and the Montreal Protocol,” 
said Leslie Adogame, Executive Director at Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development in Nigeria.
“Legal trade flows must be understood before informal or illegal trade can be adequately addressed.”

An analysis of publicly available UN COMTRADE data over the period 2013-2016 (see below) reveals that the majority of global mercury flows 
from commodity trading centres (such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE) to developing country regions (such as Africa and Latin America) 
where mercury use in ASGM is prolific in response to the largest global gold rush the world has ever seen. 

see table at the pdf

see also PR in FR 

Notes to the editor

http://www.mercuryconvention.org/

 https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21725/global_mercury.pdf?sequence=1&;;isAllowed=y

http://www.ifeh.org/wehd/

www.zeromercury.org

For further information, please contact:                                         

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project Coordinator ‘Zero Mercury Campaign’, European Environmental Bureau, ZMWG International Coordinator
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*The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project.  ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum.  Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.

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Coordinating NGO currently:       Toxisphera

Contact details:             Zuleica-Nycz- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

(2013 Phase IX) Project titleZero Mercury Campaign in Brazil

Project objectives:    Building capacity of NGO contact with government in view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.

Activities:

  • Focus      on strengthening NGO contacts with government and other stakeholders in      view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.
  • Follow      up and contribution to the national/regional debate on mercury and in      preparation for the INC meetings
  • Active      Participation to the ZMWG coordination team
  • Follow      up of Lumex Project / Spanish University -       Dissemination of results.

 

Status: completed, Final Chlor-alkali report

(2012 Phase VIII) Project titleZero Mercury Campaign in Brazil

Project objectives:    Building capacity of NGO contact with government in view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.

Activities:

  • Focus      on strengthening NGO contacts with government and other stakeholders in      view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.
  • Follow      up and contribution to the national/regional debate on mercury and in      preparation for the INC meetings
  • Active      Participation to the ZMWG coordination team
  • Preparation      and realization of Lumex Project /SpanishUniversity

 

Status: completed

(2011 Phase VII) Project titleZero Mercury Campaign in Brazil

Project objectives:    Building capacity of NGO contact with government in view of educating and influencing decisions at national and global level.

Activities:

ð     Map out within the Brazilian government the key representatives working on mercury both at the local and global level and identify a government mercury champion

ð     Increase NGO presence and interaction with the Brazilian government

ð     Promote a proper national NGO strategy through capacity-building

Status: completed

 

Previous projects

In 2010 , Associação de Proteção ao Meio Ambiente de Cianorte (APROMAC) was the coordinating NGO for the EEB/ZMWG project

2010 Proposal Phase VI

Report: Regime Jurídico do Mercúrio no Brasil, Um Estudo Preliminar (in PT with EN exec summary)        

 

From 2005- 2009, Associação de Combate aos POPs (ACPO) has been the Coordinating NGO for the EEB/ZMWG projects
Contact person: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Jeffer Castello Branco

2009 ACPO Phase V proposal

2008 ACPO Phase IV proposal

RELATÓRIO DO “ENCONTRO REGIONAL PARA A SENSIBILIZAÇÃO DA SOCIEDADE CIVIL SOBRE AÇÕES PARA A ELIMINAÇÃO DO USO E DA EMISSÃO DO MERCÚRIO”. (“Report of the Regional Meeting: Civil Society Awareness on Mercury Uses and Emissions Elimination.”)

2007 ACPO Phase III proposal

ACPO Final Report Phase II, January 2007

Brochure on chlor-alkali campaign in Brazil, January 2007

Relatorio Mercado de Mercurio no Brazil, 2006

THE MERCURY MARKET IN BRAZIL, Executive Summary, 2006

 

2006 ACPO Phase II proposal

Letter sent to EU Commissioners on the EU mercury export ban
ACPO Initial Comments on the Regional Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Mercury Contamination in Amazon Ecosystems, 14 September 2006

2005 ACPO Phase I proposal